The Blackest Spat - Artist and Curator Talk
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania
5.30PM, Friday 27 April 2018
Exhibition opens 6pm Friday 27 April 2018
28 April 2018 – 27 May 2018
Join The Blackest Spat curator, Linda Crispin, and artists, Tim Coad, Emma Magnusson-Reid, Natalie Mather, Eva Nilssen, Dexter Rosengrave for a floor talk prior to the exhibition opening.
Vantablack was developed as a technology and introduced in 2014, but it became a known as a colour in 2016 and created controversy when UK artist Anish Kapoor was given sole rights for its use in art. Many in the art world took exception to the exclusivity of this agreement between Kapoor and Vantablack developer, Surrey Nanosystems, but none so much as Stuart Semple, a painter and printmaker, also from the UK.
A result of this very public spat has been Semple’s Black 2.0, which uses a binding medium that is capable of holding more pigment than conventional binders, thus sucking in more light and resulting in the flattest, blackest paint available to artists. Semple rallied internet users in a social media campaign called #sharetheblack, and created his own pigments, which he then made available to anyone in the world – except Anish Kapoor.
For The Blackest Spat, curator Linda Crispin provided a select group of artists a quantity of Semple’s Black 2.0. The artists have then responded not only to its unique qualities but also to the idea that the paint was created by a “punk reaction” – Semple’s passionate defiance of Kapoor’s exclusive right to a colour – aiming to create an exhibition through which, in their chosen media, artists can communicate resistance, defiance and opposition.
The Blackest Spat is presented for the 2018 Curatorial Mentorship.